Georgian health authorities confirmed the first cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in the country this year on Tuesday, with eight confirmed patients admitted to medical facilities with the condition.
Tengiz Tsertsvadze, the Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases and AIDS, said in a social media post all eight patients admitted to the facility had been treated, with six already discharged.
He added the cases had been mainly recorded in the central-eastern Shida Kartli and south-west Samtskhe-Javakheti regions.
He also called the fever “one of the most severe diseases” due to the high 10-40 percent lethality rate, and said high fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain, dizziness, vomiting and redness of mucous membranes were among the symptoms.
Tsertsvadze said the cases in Georgia were endemic and transmitted by ticks from animals, pets in particular.
He also emphasised the importance of receiving treatment at the onset of clinical symptoms in preventing progression of the illness, and called family doctors and clinics to refer all patients with symptoms to specialised referral facilities with extensive experience of relevant treatment.